By Keith Laing - 10/04/11 07:05 PM EDT
LaHood said it was important that cars have accurate mileage readings not just to protect customer's money, but to protect their safety as well.
"Automakers often recommend part replacements based on a car's mileage," he said. "So a vehicle's odometer is one of the easiest ways to judge expected wear and tear on parts that can affect your safety like ball joints, suspension and timing belts."
LaHood suggested that people who are considering buying previously-owned cars use the NHTSA's tips for spotting odometer fraud, which can be read here.